Increased mucus discharge at this stage is normal as the cervix softens and prepares for labor. As the baby moves into the birth canal many women will also experience increased pelvic pressure and back pain. Swelling in the body, especially the feet, is quite apparent at this point, especially in warmer, more humid areas, as increased humidity draws fluid into the tissue. Swelling in the hands and face that is accompanied by severe abdominal pain or persistent or severe headaches are seen in this week.
The baby has a firm grasp and is about the size of a leek, length is 19 ½ inches and weighs 6 ¾ pounds.
Swollen ankles, trouble sleeping, crazy dreams are the common symptoms observed in this week.